Catholic church and evolution  

redmustang91 58M  
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7/12/2005 1:43 pm

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Catholic church and evolution

Apparently the Catholic church is now joining the fundamentalists in opposing evolution and natural selection to claim divine intelligent design in the creation of different species.

I am not a believer in religion; I am in the secular humanist camp. I have real problems when they try to claim the creationist approach is scientific. Some problems:

1. Human DNA shares about 99.7% of the DNA with chimpanzees, and lesser correlation with other primates. If God created us separately why reuse so much DNA? Just being efficient?

2. Human anatomy has many similarities with other mammals. Consider horse and dog forearms and Blue whale fins. Why did God bother?

3. The Bible's timeline only goes back about 5000 years. Takes a long time to have the Colorado river carve the Grand Canyon through that granite and other stone. Moon rocks are 4.5 billion years old.

4. Scientists have found traces of organic compounds in meteorites and in space. Some even think life was seeded in the oceans from space. Why bother if God was creating the garden of Eden here on earth?

5. The process of natural selection makes so much sense when you see the niches and similar roles different animals play in different places, like the role marsupials play in Australia compared to rodents elsewhere.

6. Why are their old world and new world monkeys, unless geographical isolation from tectonic plate shifts?

7. What about the fossil record of horses, wolves, pigs, sloths, dinosaurs and primates?

8. If humans were the sole reason for God creating the universe, why is the thing so big as it seems a lot of wasted space!

I think I will stick with believing in evolution until a better theory is supported by the facts.

Ana_6973 44F

7/13/2005 10:00 am

Well said. Of course, a creationist would have all sorts of reasons to use to refute your statements. Even if they have to make stuff up.

~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

redmustang91 58M  
8924 posts
7/13/2005 11:25 pm

Well I enjoy Science fiction too, but I prefer to try and stay rational about the facts! The concept of natural selection just makes so much sense. If I was religious I would argue God started the whole thing and let nature take its course along paths He approved. Much harder to argue against and disprove that theory.

__Huntress__ 56M/59F

7/14/2005 10:03 am

Now there's a concept that makes sense to me!

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